Republic to China Bend
The climb starts immediately when leaving the Ferry County fairground and stays at a very steady 6% for the 15 miles to Sherman Pass. It was nicely wooded the whole way until I got to the area burned in the White Mountain forest fire of 1988. Still lots of dead trees standing but much of the area had very healthy looking re-growth.
Made it over the last pass. It was actually a bit cool on top so I didn't hang out long. It was a nice long downhill pretty much to the Columbia River. There I left the ACA route and headed north on 395 for a few miles before turning onto Northport Flat Creek road. The turn off was right where the Kettle River hits the Columbia or Lake Roosevelt as the flooded area behind the Grand Coulee Dam is called.
By now the clouds had rolled in keeping it a bit cooler which was a good thing because the short climb from the Kettle River to the shelf above the river that the road followed was steeper than any of the passes I went over. Once up off the river the road just rolls for about 5 miles before dropping back down to Snag Cove boat launch and campground. I couldn't resist stopping for a quick swim.
I visited with my friends in China Bend for a few days and then rode the 30 miles back to Kettle Falls where I took a bus to the Amtrak station in Spokane. The trip home was not pleasant but it had been a great tour.